A Study of a Langsat Tree (lansium parasiticum)

Probably Penang, 19th century

43.5cm high, 66cm wide

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A Study of a Langsat Tree (lansium parasiticum)

This painting depicts a branch of the langsat tree which bears clusters of spherical golden yellow and pale green fruits. It has large oval-shaped leaves in various shades of green: lime, pale mint, apple and dark, bottle green. Small, new green shoots with small fruit buds appear to be growing out of the thick, brown stalk. Dashes of blue paint have been applied to the bark perhaps to suggest its natural pigmentation. The artist has also illustrated the different layers of the fruit, both its exterior and interior, along with the seeds, buds and petals of the langsat’s flowers. The langsat tree originates from western Southeast Asia and bears an edible tropical fruit, which are covered with a thin, yellow hair giving the fruit a soft, fuzzy texture. Its flowers are the provincial flower for the Indonesian province of South Sumatra.

Literature: Noltie, H.J. Raffles Ark Redrawn: Natural History Drawings from the Collection of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, London, The British Library, 2012.

Dozier, L (ed.). Natural History Drawings, The Complete William Farquhar Collection, Malay Peninsula 1803-1818, Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, 2010.

A Study of a Langsat Tree (lansium parasiticum)


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